Skip to main content
Full Menu

Article Fourteen — On-Call Groups

Contract Search

Table of Contents

14.1 Posting.

A posting shall be made for voluntary application for the Adult Care On-Call Group by Regular and Per Diem Adult Care LPNs only and for the Hospice On-Call Group by Regular and Per Diem Hospice, Adult Care and Long Term Care LPNs only.

14.2 Selection.

Applicants shall be interviewed to determine the presence of the knowledge, skills and ability criteria set forth in the Adult Care LPN or the Hospice LPN job description developed by VNSNY Home Care, as applicable, as well as the ability to be on-call at a frequency determined necessary by the Regional Administrator or Department Head, as applicable, and to meet the applicable geographic proximity requirements set forth below.

14.3 Hospice Orientation.

All qualified Hospice On-Call Group applicants selected shall be required to attend the Hospice orientation program.  All Hospice On-Call Group Nurses who attend the Hospice orientation program shall remain in the Hospice On-Call Group for a minimum of three (3) months unless otherwise determined by the Employer.

14.4 Geographic Proximity Requirements.

.  In order to be a member of the On-Call Group generally, or to receive a particular On-Call assignment, the following security and arrival time requirements must be met:

14.4.1 Adult Care On-Call Group.

  1. Employer will provide a car/driver between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to the LPN's home if the LPN lives in the region in which the visit must be made or, if the LPN lives outside the region in which the visit must be made, the LPN and car/driver will meet at a designated area.  Total travel time to designated area shall be no more than one-half (½) hour.
  2. Total traveling time from designated area to patient shall be no more than one-half (½) hour.
  3. There shall be a total of no more than one (1) hour from time the call is received to arrival at patient's home.

14.4.2 Hospice On-Call Group.

  1. Employer will provide a car/driver between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to the LPN's home if the LPN lives in the region in which the visit must be made or, if the LPN lives outside the region in which the visit must be made, the LPN and car/driver will meet at a designated area.  Total travel time to designated area shall be no more than one (1) hour.
  2. Total traveling time from designated area to patient shall be no more than one-half (½) hour.
  3. There shall be a total of no more than one and one-half (1.5) hours from time the call is received to arrival at patient's home.

14.5 Hours and Compensation.

On Call Rates Effective Date July 1, 2014 Effective Date December 31, 2015 Effective Date October 1, 2016

Shift Rate per 12 hour shift

$44.36 $44.80 $45.47
       
Weekday Per Visit Rates
       

Between 6:00 pm – 8:30 am

$44.57 $45.02 $45.69

Between 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

$38.24 $38.62 $39.20
       
Weekend Visits made on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays, as defined in Section 8.1.1 of the Agreement:    
Per Visit Rates

Between 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

$40.80 $41.21 $41.82

Between 6:00 pm – 8:30 am

$44.57 $45.02 $45.69

(1) Employees in the Adult Care On-Call Group will be assigned On-Call for said On-Call Group for shifts of either six (6) or twelve (12) hours.  Employees in the Hospice On-Call Group will be assigned On-Call for said On-Call Group for shifts of at least six (6) hours.  For shifts assigned to such Employee, under this Section, of other than twelve (12) hours, the Employee shall be paid a pro rata amount.

(2) An Employee On-Call called to work at other than during his or her normal work hours shall be paid in accordance with the rates set forth in the table above.  Neither On-Call nor Call-In visits shall be counted for purposes of fringe benefits or overtime under the Agreement.

  1. While working On-Call, the On-Call LPN shall remain accessible at home, or outside his or her home by beeper, within the geographic area necessary to meet the security and arrival times in Sections 14.4.1 and 14.4.2.
  2. As more fully set forth below, the following table sets forth the On-Call Rates for Employees in the employ of the Employer on or after January 1, 2011:
     

  3. An Employee who works as part of the On-Call Group is required to give four (4) weeks notice when withdrawing from the On-Call Group.

14.6 Scheduling.

14.6.1 Adult Care On-Call Group.

On-Call scheduling (three (3) months in advance) in the Region within the On-Call Group shall be based on:  first, Regular On-Call Group Employees who volunteer, by seniority as applied within the Region On-Call Group; second, Per Diem On-Call Group volunteers; and, if necessary, mandatory assignment of Regular On-Call Group Employees on the basis of reverse seniority as applied within the Region On-Call Group.

14.6.2 Hospice On-Call Group.

On-Call scheduling (three (3) months in advance) within the Hospice On-Call Group shall be based on:  first, Regular On-Call Group Employees who volunteer, by seniority as applied within the Hospice On-Call Group; second, Per Diem On-Call Group volunteers; and, if necessary, mandatory assignment of Regular On-Call Group Employees on the basis of reverse seniority as applied within the Hospice On-Call Group.

14.7 LPN Security

VNSNY Home Care will provide for the security of the On-Call Group LPNs by making arrangements for highly qualified trained security personnel to travel with the Nurses on On-Call visits, in accordance with Sections 14.4.1 and 14.4.2, as drivers and as security personnel to accompany the Employee into the patient’s home, remain during the visit, and to return the Employee to his or her home in the region or to another mutually agreed upon designated area.  The same security will be provided for LPN visits in Day Time Escort Areas during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.